‘Long live love’: Blanche d’Apulget pays tribute to Bob Hawke in memorial service – politics live

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Party greats, members of former PM’s family and those who knew him best will lead the public service at the Sydney Opera House

Speaking of drinking, Ben Doherty has filed this report from Oxford:

The second line in any vernacular biography of Bob Hawke – that he was once the possessor of the world record for skolling a yard of ale – could be formally honoured with a plaque in Oxford.

A formal proposal will be put to Oxford city council to mark the former Australian prime minister’s youthful achievement. Hawke was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford between 1953 and 1956. In 1954 he skolled a yard of ale – two-and-a-half pints, or 1.4 litres – in 11 seconds, then a world record.

Bob Hawke was declared Victoria’s “father of the year” in 1971, which his family found bemusing, given his drinking and flirtations were not exactly state secrets.

But they have also spoken of the “gentleness” which covered him, in his later years.

"He wasn’t the perfect father, but he was very much a loving father. And he was loved in return by all of us,” @JezNews is joined on the steps of the Opera House by members of Bob Hawke's family. #bobhawke #auspol pic.twitter.com/WhxClHdi7x

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